Achieving long-term ecological sustainability with continued economic growth and human well-being remains one of the biggest challenges facing the Asia Pacific region. Countries in the region recognize that deteriorating land, water and air quality, and the loss of ecosystems and their services, undermine socioeconomic development. It is also realized that climate change is exacerbating these problems, through for example increased thermal stress, more severe and frequent droughts, storms and floods, sea-level rise and accompanied coastal inundation and salt water intrusion, all increasing the vulnerabilities of people and their livelihoods. Furthermore, dependency on fossil fuels for energy services and the management of chemical pose particular challenges in the region.
The Environment and Energy practice in Asia and the Pacific work with the vision to effectively assist countries to preserve and sustainably use local and global environmental assets for achieving sustainable development outcomes. We deliver our work through the UNDP country offices supported by a regional team of technical experts and advisors. We facilitate access to environmental funding sources, assist in preparing and implementing projects, support policy dialogues, disseminate best practices, and share knowledge. Our work is responsive to national priorities and is based on UNDP’s mandate to build national capacity for human development.
Our work is structured around the following approaches:
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